WeVote: An Initiative from the Committee of 70
The Committee of Seventy and MilkCrate worked together to launch the WeVote app. The app makes it easier to be an engaged voter in Philadelphia and cultivates a culture of civic participation through the program’s corporate partners.
The Committee of Seventy is a nonpartisan civic leadership organization founded in 1904. They have a major role in Pennsylvania politics reducing corruption and ensuring a true democratic government. Some of their successes include the ban on cash gifts to elected officials, helping to educate voters on voter ID rules, and pressuring candidates for governor to provide detailed solutions to education crises. With a mission to advance “representative, ethical and effective government in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania through citizen engagement and public policy advocacy”, we have designed an app specifically to help them achieve that mission.
The WeVote app has features to help users learn about upcoming elections and information they need for themselves and others to be informed voters. Within the app, there are different resources to locate the closest polling location, find your elected officials, and even report concerns you find at polling locations. Overall, this app provides the tools users need to stay connected to current politics and creates ease when trying to exercise your right to vote.
In addition, you can turn on push notifications to be reminded of important dates like when to vote or when to apply for an absentee ballot. With notifications, keeping users in the democratic loop is now easier than ever. And to top all that off, the app includes an element of gamification to help users stay engaged. Users earn points for completing different activities, such as reviewing the voter guide or registering to vote.